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TX Court Interpreter Certification Process

     While looking into how to become a licensed interpreter in Texas, the webpages piled up one after another. The process is simple though, and initial licensure could be summarized in five steps:
  1. Orientation Course
  2. Application & Registration Forms
  3. Background check
  4. Written Exam
  5. Oral Exam
     The Orientation Course is a six-hour induction into general concepts of interpreting: court policies, professional ethics, and modes of interpretation may be some subjects of study. The following link is the List of Approved Orientation Courses provided by the Texas Judicial Branch website:
 
 
     After obtaining a certificate of completion from one of these programs, the following step is to submit it together with an application to become a Licensed Court Interpreter (LCI).  All this is done through the Judicial Branch Certification Commission’s Certification, Registration, & Licensing system:
 
 
Note: this online system is also used for exam registration form submissions.
 
     The application fee to become an LCI is $200. Once the application is submitted, the JBCC will contact you with instruction on how to perform a DPS & FBI Background check. At this stage, candidates must start preparing for the written and oral state interpreter exams.
 
Find more information on exam procedures, dates, and locations by following this link:
 
     TransInterpreting provides exam preparation programs to prospective LCIs throughout the nation. The State Court Interpreter Exam Preparation for the - Written Portion prepares interpreters to pass the State Interpreter Written Exam and is available for registration at any time as a webcast:
 
 
     We will be holding an online webinar to prepare interpreters for their State Interpreter Oral Exam on August 3r of this year. Learn more and register by following the link below:
 
 
     This course is also available as a webcast and available to students at any time during the year. Contact the TrasnInterpreting team for more information on preparation and continuing education courses.
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